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Black Diamond Factor Alpine Touring Boot - Men's Reviews

EuroHound

Much better DH performance than expected

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Pros: Stiff when buttoned up, easy to walk/hike in

Cons: Heavier than true touring boots

 I sprung for the Factors during a week-long trip to Chamonix for some off-piste skiing.  Thus far, I have been 100% satisfied.  I have not done any touring, so I can"t speak for how this boot is for skinning or multi-day tours.  But for accessing hike-to terrain (or just walking around the bar!), I found the walk mode i  these boots to be wonderful.  If you are skiing off piste in Europe and may be facing a fairly long walk back to the lifts, it's the heat!  My last day of skiing this year was at Taos, and I hiked the 45 min to Kachina Peak twice, and was very glad to be wearing these boots. The guy who fitted me for the boots warned me that I'd be sacrificing downhill performance with...
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freeridetahoe

Almost Great

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Pros: Touring Boot, Downhill Boot, Swapable Soles, Stiff Flex, Cool Colors

Cons: Soles wear out quick! Broke the walk / ski mechanism - Bring extras!

The BDel Factors are a sick boot. Great concept that will be perfected in the next couple years. Only half a season on them and I broke the ski/walk mechanism in the heavy PNW snow. Had to quit early on a super day... super bummed! Always carry spare parts. The BDel rep was great. Sent me the parts fast. The alpine soles wear out super quick if you walk on rocks with them. Kinda worthless really. The touring soles are a little better. They 'chip' really easily though. I wrote BDel about making Vibrum versions. We'll see. They tour well, as the walk mechanism allows for enough natural leg/ankle movement. The boa system is ok... rather have some kind of heat form liner. They fit well after...
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